While many couples battle fertility issues nowadays, a new study coming out of the University of Edinburgh provides some hope. The research team has revealed that a woman’s ovary just might be able to produce new eggs, well into adulthood.
As we have known in the past, females are born with a certain number of eggs and these tend to decline once they hit middle age prior to menopause. The study, that involved cancer sufferers, revealed that young females who had taken chemotherapy medication seemed to have an increase of eggs within their ovaries, versus healthy young females.
Led by Evelyn Telfer, professor, the initial goal of the research was to review ovarian biopsies to reveal why the ABVD drug does not create the same issues around fertility that are linked with other forms of chemotherapy drugs. The professor was shocked by the incredible findings that the study revealed. As Telfer notes, it was not something the team expected to see.
MSN reported that it appears that the tissue was able to create new eggs within the ovaries. She goes on to note that the belief has always been that the ovary had a fixed number of eggs and no new eggs could develop thereafter. This study seems to prove the opposite. Despite this finding, the study team does note that more research is needed around ABVD, and the treatment will not be offered right away.
Which may be a good thing, since there are those who are skeptical about the study, including a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Nick Macklon, University of Southampton who noted that this research is quite controversial. He goes on to state that there is a bit of a worry that clinicians might be quick to grab anything that may better IVF. He goes on to say that at this stage, there is no evidence that these medications can better the odds for people who may be experiencing a reduced response to the medication.
While more research is needed either way, the study had revealed one thing: a woman’s ovaries are complicated.
Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg, University Hospital in Stockholm chimed into the discussion around the study stating that the results could pave the way for creating new treatments around fertility issues or potentially extend the span of a female reproductive system via renewing the ovaries with new follicles. He goes on to state that the organ is certainly more versatile and complex than what has been known in the past, with an ability for replenishment.